MA in Art Education


MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations  Class of 2013- 100% are employed with 5 of 6 graduates, or 83% holding positions in their field of study.

  • Congratulations to Clare Butler ’03, a graduate of the MA in Art Education with An Emphasis in Special Populations, for winning a grant from Target to bring Hua Hua Chinese Shadow Puppet Theater to perform and teach the art of Chinese Shadow Puppetry to her fifth grade students at Riverside Elementary School.


  • Art Education alumna Kim Gavin's school, William Cramp Elementary School, received a grant through Public Citizens for Children and Youth's Picasso Project. The 2015 grantees will be recognized at a ceremony on January 27 at Moore. Gavin, the school's art teacher and an adjunct faculty member at Moore, said the proposal was for for supplies and a teaching artist for the film club. Read more here.
  • Program director Lynne Horoschak '66 featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. She also presented “Best Practices for Teaching Art to Students with Special Needs” to the Art Teachers of Great Valley School District on February 13 in Malvern, PA.. Lynne is the Monthly Mentor for the NAEA blog:


Program Objectives

The Master of Arts in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations is a one-of-its-kind graduate program for students passionate about educating art students with disabilities as well as typical students. 

The program is offered in a hybrid delivery that includes students completing program requirements both on-campus and online instruction. During the summer term, students experience traditional on-campus, full-time instruction and beginning in Fall 2014, through online delivery.

Throughout the MA in Art Education program experience, students

  • Gain specific skills to strengthen the learning of students with and without disabilities
  • Undergo preparation to critically assess and challenge art education policies and practices
  • Develop and test innovative, adaptive learning strategies in professional field settings
  • Document their applied research experiences and findings in a written thesis

Who is an MA at Moore Student?

Unifying characteristics of students enrolled in the MA in Art Education program at Moore include:

  • A passion for innovation in the field of art education with an emphasis on serving students with disabilities
  • A desire to develop their passion within a close-knit, research-driven community
  • A skill for presenting research at conferences and other large, public settings 

What Can Students Expect?

The four-semester, 15-month program* is designed to suit a working professional’s schedule and offers both an on-campus as well as a hybrid experience including both on-campus and online courses.

On Campus + Online
  • Summer 1: 6-week term
  • Fall: 2 online courses / month 
  • Spring: 2 online courses / month
  • Summer 2:  6-week term
  • Thesis defense & presentation
  • Moore Graduate Exhibition

*The program may be completed in an extended 27 months (2 years and 3 months)

Throughout the program, students experience multiple instructional modes and learning opportunities via:

  • Independent study and peer presentations 
  • Guest speakers and field trips
  • Field practicum and research
  • An annual symposium featuring national and regional experts focusing on current issues impacting the intersection of art and special education

MA candidates are also ultimately required to present and defend their thesis in which they design, research and assess an essential question related to the study of art education.